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Schefter: Shanahan won't be joining the Cowboys

Our friend Adam Schefter of ESPN has written a book with free-agent coach Mike Shanahan, and Shanahan widely is believed to have Schefter on his speed dial.  So, on one hand, anything Schefter reports about Shanahan has extra credibility.  On the other hand, anything Schefter reports about Shanahan could represent an effort by Shanahan to disseminate a specific message, regardless of whether the message being disseminated by Shanahan is accurate.

Tonight, Schefter reports that Shanahan will not be coaching the Cowboys in 2010.  Schefter explains that Shanahan is looking for more control than he’d have in Dallas.

Schefter also reports that Shanahan believes coaching the Redskins would be “appealing.”

Of course it would be, especially since Shanahan has been talking to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for months.  Moreover, and as Schefter’s ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen recently has reported, Snyder hired Bruce Allen to be the General Manager because Shanahan wanted Snyder to hire Bruce Allen to be the General Manager.

In this case, Shanahan could be using Schefter to get the word out that, if Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were to give the reins to a personnel executive like Bruce Allen, Shanahan might be interested.

It’s also possible that Shanahan has received word from the Cowboys that, as Jay Glazer of FOX reported on Sunday, the Cowboys aren’t interested in Shanahan.  Thus, Shanahan likely would prefer the official word to be that Shanahan isn’t interested in the Cowboys.

None of this is a slap at Schefter; he’s simply doing his job.  Given his relationship with Shanahan, we don’t expect Schefter to express public skepticism about the things that Shanahan tells him.

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40 Responses to “Schefter: Shanahan won't be joining the Cowboys”
  1. slipkid says: Dec 21, 2009 8:09 PM

    all these media games seem so girlish.

  2. StephenJonesPlease says: Dec 21, 2009 8:09 PM

    how many shanahans are in this story?

  3. mlegue810 says: Dec 21, 2009 8:12 PM

    What if Mike Holmgren decides to bring Shanahan to Cleveland? Would that be too much greatness for one team? I think not.

  4. FireJerryJones says: Dec 21, 2009 8:13 PM

    This is news?
    Didn’t the Cowboys just beat the Saints?

  5. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 21, 2009 8:14 PM

    Shanahan wants control in coaching.
    Shanahan finds coaching the Skins appealing.
    Is this one of those zen things where ” If you want to be in control you first have to surrender control”?

  6. johnster says: Dec 21, 2009 8:19 PM

    Jerky won’t get a real coach, only another puppet. None of the big names, Gruden, Cowher, Shanahan, will be Jerky’s puppet.

  7. bednarik60 says: Dec 21, 2009 8:26 PM

    Schefter is good for news, but I just can’t stand the guy.

  8. .VoxVeritas says: Dec 21, 2009 8:37 PM

    I wasn’t aware that the Cowboys had a coaching vacancy. The guy that’s there now has a .674 record since he joined the team, second best in the division (behind Coughlin) in that period of time.

  9. mustbechris says: Dec 21, 2009 8:43 PM

    i wish adam schefter was my friend too.

  10. Quagmire says: Dec 21, 2009 8:45 PM

    Maybe Jerry could re-hire Dave Campo…oh that’s right he already has, as a secondary coach.
    Well, how about Chan Gaily?

  11. .VoxVeritas says: Dec 21, 2009 8:53 PM

    “Jerky won’t get a real coach, only another puppet.”
    You can bet he’d get someone that knows how to manage a game. Can you believe that the Eagirls just gave an extension to a guy that has proven time and again that he knows nothing about managing an NFL game after 11 years as a head coach?

  12. .VoxVeritas says: Dec 21, 2009 9:02 PM

    “Maybe Jerry could re-hire Dave Campo…oh that’s right he already has, as a secondary coach.”
    Why not? The guy won two Super Bowls in that capacity. Won another as a defensive coordinator. That’s three more rings than Sean McDermott and whatshisname that the Cowboys fired for incompetence will ever have, combined.

  13. AmericasTeam says: Dec 21, 2009 9:05 PM

    Did Adam Schefter died?

  14. dirtyTHIRTY says: Dec 21, 2009 9:08 PM

    I can’t wait until March when all of this will hopefully be over.

  15. AmericasTeam says: Dec 21, 2009 9:08 PM

    Did Mike Shanahan died?

  16. Mean D says: Dec 21, 2009 9:11 PM

    Jerry Jones can hire Raheem Morris right after the Buccaneers fire him on January 4th.

  17. Skippy20008 says: Dec 21, 2009 9:14 PM

    We’re talking about Mike Shanahan, right? I can see him as a good plan B guy, sure — we want to find the next Belicheat, but if we can’t, well, we’ll hire Shanahan. But why are so many teams going after him like he’s Lombardi? Or Walsh?

  18. Whistler1952 says: Dec 21, 2009 9:18 PM

    Of course Shannahan will not be joining the cowboys. Think about the string of coaches that the cowboys have had since Jimmy Johnson. A college coach that was nothing more than a face on the sidelines while Jimmy’s team won another superbowl. Then a string of no name, do nothing coaches that sit on Jerry’s knee and mouth what Jerry tells them like a hand puppet. No control, no decisions, no authority. No respectful coach will join the cowboys.

  19. azwildcats96 says: Dec 21, 2009 9:30 PM

    He won two super bowls in a row. Would have been more had Elway been a few years younger.
    The knock on Shannie is he couldn’t win without Elway. Well how many SB’s did Belicheat win without Brady? I wish Shannahan would come back to Denver and keep Nolan as D coordinator. Too bad it would never happen. LOL

  20. HappyBunny says: Dec 21, 2009 9:34 PM

    Can you picture (and I know you can) Schefter sitting on Shanahan’s lap as his ventriliquist dummy? The way Schefter moves his lips to enunciate words makes it all the more easy to envision.
    Bottom line. What did Shanny do w/o Elway? Let me help you out, there is no Elway clone here in DC.
    I’ve come to accept that Jerry won’t relinquish power again, but the team can win in spite of him.

  21. .VoxVeritas says: Dec 21, 2009 9:42 PM

    “No respectful coach will join the cowboys.”
    Any coach that Jones hires had better be respectful or he’s just gonna get fired first time he pops off. I’m glad to see that the respectful coaches in the league have a guy like you to speak for them, though I think that you might want to expand your vocabulary and look up the differences between the words “respectful” and “respectable” before you try to speak for anyone else in the future.

  22. Grulks says: Dec 21, 2009 9:53 PM

    “Whistler1952 says: December 21, 2009 9:18 PM
    Think about the string of coaches that the cowboys have had since Jimmy Johnson. A college coach that was nothing more than a face on the sidelines…Then a string of no name, do nothing coaches that sit on Jerry’s knee and mouth what Jerry tells them like a hand puppet. No control, no decisions, no authority. No respectful coach will join the cowboys.”
    Right, because Bill Parcells was a no name, do nothing, have zero input guy. Think before you speak.
    For sake of argument, if the Cowboys -do- have that problem, then the Skins are f*cked, because no self respecting coach would work for Snyder after his history of firing two coaches mid season, bringing in “consultants” behind the coaches back, and then ham stringing Zorn. Jones may be crazy, but last I checked, Jones > Danny in every way except facelifts

  23. uncommonjohn says: Dec 21, 2009 10:02 PM

    Dallas will win their last three gamees (actually four counting their victory over the Saints) and they will make a run. There wont be an opening in Dallas next year. Go Americas Team.Go

  24. BigEasy33 says: Dec 21, 2009 10:10 PM

    ……Adam Schefter just reported Shannahan is not joining the NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, or PGA but is considering an offer to join AC Milan!!!

  25. Gautam says: Dec 21, 2009 10:14 PM

    is this a story about Shanahan or Shenanigans ???

  26. Warlock says: Dec 21, 2009 10:15 PM

    Maybe Jones should hire his plastic surgeon as his next coach…has to better than the clowns Dallas has now

  27. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Dec 21, 2009 10:28 PM

    Hey Vox, you’re back, lol.
    I guess you were on vacation somewhere without internet service, or maybe you were sick, last week.
    Funny you should show up now, after the Cowgirls finally won a game in December.
    Right, douche bag?

  28. Occam says: Dec 21, 2009 10:39 PM

    Shanahanigans noun (Informal).
    1. Mischief or a deceitful trick pulled by a football coach.

  29. Tom Landry says: Dec 21, 2009 11:08 PM

    So, to clarify, Florio knows nothing or he knows nothing. Does that about cover it? When is MSNBC going to start having sports journalist in the Sports section again? That is all.

  30. doric44 says: Dec 21, 2009 11:28 PM

    come on shanahan come to buffalo forget the redskins all the wings you can eat..on me

  31. mannyfresh209 says: Dec 22, 2009 12:31 AM

    including the saints game, there’s 3 games left. not 4. just sayin

  32. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Dec 22, 2009 12:32 AM

    Bruce Allen said tonight on MNF that he has total control of the football operations. If true, that’s good news for Skins Nation, because it means that Danny may finally be backing off. If so, that makes it much more appealing to a quality HC candidate like Mike Shanahan, who already knows Bruce Allen.
    Looks like a perfect match to me.
    I was ready to give Zorn another year until tonight. Now I’d like to see a total housecleaning of the coaching staff. (Except Buges. He rocks!)

  33. stusbadbulb says: Dec 22, 2009 1:30 AM

    Why isn’t this more obvious to you people?
    Shahanahan has been a spy for the Cowboys this entire time. Damn that Jerry is cool…

  34. sigma1575 says: Dec 22, 2009 1:50 AM

    Whistler1952 can only BLOW HOT AIR.
    “Then a string of no name, do nothing coaches that sit on Jerry’s knee and mouth what Jerry tells them like a hand puppet. No control, no decisions, no authority. No respectful coach will join the cowboys”
    Never though the Tuna would be called a hand puppet.
    Jerry STILL has one more SB than Jimmy.
    Shanahan know Washington just needs a makeover on offense; something than a zone blocking coach could help with. The D has right attitude with someone to score when they rest.
    Cowboy still need to find out who they are and if they have backbone on both sides of the ball.
    Looks like someone wiped their feet in Canada; cowpies on the internet.

  35. troll_aikman8 says: Dec 22, 2009 2:03 AM

    I think the first question should be what does Jerry do if the Cowboys win the next two games and actually win the East.
    Does he approach Wade about stepping down to Defensive Coordinator ? Does he axe or promote Red Headed Jeebus in an effort to save money and (plastic) face?

  36. LoganSF2 says: Dec 22, 2009 2:51 AM

    What is Schefter’s height? 5-1 or something like that… Shortman’s complex…

  37. picksix says: Dec 22, 2009 9:50 AM

    Hey, maybe it doesn’t matter becasue maybe the Cowboys win a playoff game ensuring the return of Phillips. Then again, maybe the the recession will end in a few days and everyone will get a big bonus check from their employers just in time for Christmas!!

  38. purpleguy says: Dec 22, 2009 9:51 AM

    If Allen, and Shanahan (if hired), have total control over Redskins football operations with Snyder as owner, I’ll by AJ Hawk’s Canadian football jersey next year.

  39. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Dec 22, 2009 10:14 AM

    Seeing a guy like Schefter as a quote insider really annoys me ever since I saw him run, duck and hide when a football was thrown in his general direction a couple years ago on NFL Network.
    They need to put a skirt on that guy when he reports…

  40. hoobie says: Dec 22, 2009 10:27 AM

    Shanahan is not a good coach. Lets review. San Fran championship-cheated fined and lost draft picks, denver-cheated for both championships, fined and lost draft picks, since he has been a .500 coach who cant develope quaterbacks, both plumber and cutler were highly touted draft picks that threw tons of interceptions (i.e. they stink) even though they had/have lots of talent. He is going to washington because they love disfunction and Shanahan will continue Snyder’s horrible reign.

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